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Snow fell into the weekend across the mountains, then eased off for some great skiing at the beginning of the school holidays.
This was followed by some great snowmaking weather to consolidate the cover on all the main runs. Lifts gradually began to start turning over the past week, giving access to more and more terrain each day.
Some more snow arrives today and continues into the night. Its only a question of how much will fall, perhaps up to 20cm or so. That would be very nice and would open more advanced terrain.
The weekend looks mainly cloudy with perhaps a sprinkling of snow at times. Hopefully the strong winds will ease.
Mt Baw Baw
Five of seven lifts opened at Baw Baw and 11 of 17 runs were available earlier in the week, but the wind limited things a bit today. Snow depth: 36-38cm
Mt Buller opened a swathe of lifts on the weekend, with Skyline, Howqua, Koflers and Summit coming online after the snows at the end of last week. Wombat opened on Monday giving access to Little Buller Spur. Bonza and the upper part of Tirol opened Wednesday. Lydia's should open tomorrow. Snow depth: 42-69cm
The Summit, Big D, Roadrunner, Playground and Village all opened on the weekend. Heavenly Valley opened on Monday and hopefully the new snowmaking there is working hard to consolidate the runs. Snow depth: 40cm
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Towers, Eagle and Drover's Dream opened at Falls on the weekend. Scott's and Ruined Castle opened midweek, meaning all areas are open on the Sun Valley side of Falls. Snow depth: 45-61cm
Perisher had 26 lifts open by Monday, including the Ridge Chair and Summit Chair at Blue Cow, the Mount Perisher area, as well as Front Valley and the Quad to midstation. And by midweek the Pretty Valley and Happy Valley areas opened. Then Guthega and Smiggin Holes opened for extensive skiing and riding across all main areas.
The Cruiser Area opened late last week. 9 lifts were open by Monday, with Anton's and Snowgums Double added by Wednesday. Basin is now also open.
Snow returned to Canterbury on Saturday night with Hutt getting just a sprinkling, then unfortunately it rained. A dusting also fell up high in Queenstown before fine weather and sunshine dominated the week.
There doesn't appear to be much snow in the forecast but hopefully that changes soon so some of the skifields can get up and running. At least the temperatures have reduced enough for snowmaking to get things started.
Updated (again!) opening dates for all skifields are:
North Canterbury and Nelson
Rainbow revised opening date of 16th July 2016 (from 9th July 2016)
Mt Lyford revised opening date of 4th July 2016 (from 27th June 2016)
Mt Hutt opened 10th June 2016. Skiing and riding is limited but conditions have improved since temperatures dropped enough for snowmaking to occur.
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Ohau opening delayed from rescheduled 1st July 2016 to early next week.
Roundhill revised opening delayed to 7th July 2016.
Mt Dobson opening now delayed from planned 18th June 2016 with no date fixed yet.
Treble Cone opening is now postponed with no date fixed.
Cardrona opened 11th June 2016.
Coronet Peak opened 11th June 2016 but has closed since.
The Remarkables opened 18th June 2016.